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Sleep in Pireaus

greek crib sheet

Pireaus is a one-night stand sort of place. More shabby than chic, the city caters to people either coming or going from the various ferries and cruises. We wound up at the Pireaus Dream Hotel. Not exactly my dream hotel, but it adequately served its purpose. Convenient location to the port, to restaurants, to general…

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Eat in Valencia

Paella Valencia

You are by sea! Eat fish! Live longer! Then have some paella! El Rall Set in a picturesque square, with fair prices and good, fresh food, its no wonder the locals like to eat here. Seems like they even have apartments to rent, so you never are far from a glass of wine or some…

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Drink in Valencia

Vermouth in Valencia

Explore the local white wine varietals. Be brave. Taste varietals you won’t taste anywhere else. Look for Merseguera, Malvasia, Pedro Ximenez, or Macebo. Although you can certainly find and enjoy a good Chardonnay, Semillon, or my absolute least favorite: Sauvignon Blanc.  Life is more fun when you taste the local stuff. If your feeling really…

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Sleep in Valencia

Valencia Spain

We are open to suggestions! Where you do not want to stay: Hotel Lotelito. Location was great and that’s the nicest thing I can say. Stressed and depressed people working the reception desk. A room so small, we had to negotiate who could walk around the bed. Not even a closet or drawer for your…

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Do Stuff in Valencia

Valencia Graffitti

Great city for walking, biking and beaching! The city is pretty much dead flat, so biking around is a great option. We highly recommend BikeGuyVLC.com. Luke is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, so you’ll be in good hands. Mercat Central: Visiting the local market is the quickest way to tap into the culture of a city.…

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Drink in Madrid

Drink in Madrid

There are wine bars everywhere. Spanish wine is very good. White. Rose. Red. All good. Trust your waiter. Drink the house wine. Craft beer is everywhere. The bottled water isn’t salty like it is in Barcelona. But you’re here to drink vermut. Also known as vermouth and elixir of the gods. It comes on tap…

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Do Stuff in Madrid

Do Stuff in Madrid

Walk. Walk a lot. Look up. Marvel at the buildings. Antigua Casa Crespo, The Espadrille Store: It looked closed forever when we were there, but Google says its still open. Allegedly the oldest espadrille store in Madrid.  **Update: It IS open. Push thru what looks like a window, which is really a door, and you…

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Sleep in Madrid

Tons of hotels, air bnbs…all that you would expect from a major European city. We stayed at the Hostal Central Palace Madrid when we booked a place to sleep in Madrid. Don’t let the word “Hostal” throw you – this isn’t your backpacker’s hostel by any means.  The hotel is discreetly set into a grand…

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Eat in Madrid

Eat in Madrid

In General: Slow down your day. Dinner is late, kicking into gear around 21:00 (9:00 pm). Most restaurants seem to shut down around midnight. Breakfast is also late: God forbid you want a coffee at 7:30 or 8:00.  Coffee is not my style at all….Americano style (i.e. weak and thin) with hot milk. Churros (fried, extruded…

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What in the World-Eats??

Why so quiet on Aroma Cucina? We’re celebrating because we’ve been nursing a new baby: World-Eats!

What is this World-Eats anyway?

From food policy and advocacy, to food art, to living la vida local, World-Eats seeks out the best intel on the planet and we share it with you. World-Eats is your food and drink hub. It’s about connecting and communicating. And maybe about world peace. Or world peach, but only if it’s in season.We are a startup non-profit org that wants food-centric people to share and we’re working on ways to make that happen.

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